Hemp in America: Making Sense of the 2018 Farm Bill

Hemp in America: Making Sense of the 2018 Farm Bill

What you need to know in a snapshot: Hemp production, sale, and transportation was legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill Hemp and marijuana are the same cannabis plant, but hemp is bred to contain lower levels of the psychoactive compound that makes marijuana illegal federally The US hemp is industry is expected to be a […]

For Health and Harvest: Rebuilding Native Food Systems

For Health and Harvest: Rebuilding Native Food Systems

New Venture Advisors helps strengthen businesses that are a part of the good food supply chain. On our blog we’ve written about how traditional supply chain economics does not account for unprofitable externalities like the quality of life, soil health, trusting relationships, and community empowerment. In our recent work with two Indigenous communities we’re now […]

Good Food Glossary: CSA

Good Food Glossary: CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a farming practice that promotes a shared commitment by consumers and growers to build a more local and equitable agricultural system. Introduced in the mid-80s, CSAs are “a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, […]

An Immersion into the French Food System:  Vive la différence!

An Immersion into the French Food System: Vive la différence!

In July I had the opportunity to travel through the Haute Savoie region of France. It was billed as a “culinary adventure” by Saveur the Journey. The description is what you might expect: “This trip will focus on visiting and learning from food artisans such as cheese makers, butchers, charcuterie experts, pastry chefs, bakers, winemakers, […]

Good Food Glossary: Supply Chain vs. Value Chain

Good Food Glossary: Supply Chain vs. Value Chain

Why a Value Chain is the new Supply Chain While presenting to a client in Texas on supply chains, we realized that we were using the words supply chain and value chain interchangeably — is that correct? The answer is no. But, like all “food system terms” in the Good Food Glossary, it’s complicated. A […]

Building A Food System We Can All Be Proud Of

Building A Food System We Can All Be Proud Of

Last night I had the genuine pleasure of sharing a few remarks about sustainable food systems with a group of food industry professionals in Chicago. It was an event hosted by Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, formed last year to catalyze the 4,500 food companies in Chicago into an economic engine to drive growth, create […]